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Apple's patent infringement case against Motorola tossed out

A patent infringement lawsuit filed by Apple against Motorola Mobility has been dismissed with prejudice, meaning Apple cannot files suit over the same subject matter again. It can choose to appeal, however, and one analyst said Apple is "100% likely" to choose that option.

This outcome is worth of Sacramento residents' attention because Apple is one of the many Internet and technology companies that have been using intellectual property assets, such as patents, as means to secure its technology from competitors and hang on to market share in what is otherwise a very cutthroat industry.

It is also an interesting story because most of Motorola Mobility's phones use Android, Google's answer to the iPhone. Google and Apple have been jostling with one another for dominance in the technology sector for years now. So, in a way, this could be seen as an Apple v. Google fight.

The problem with Apple's lawsuit was that it essentially alleged that Motorola Mobility was selling smartphones that competed with Apple's iPhone; it didn't go far enough and claim that Motorola's phones were made with ideas stolen from Apple. The judge presiding over the matter said it is completely legal to sell a competing product and that any economic damages suffered because of the competition were "a separate harm from any harm caused by patent infringement."

The judge also pointed out that Apple had not shown that it suffered from loss of customer goodwill, brand recognition or market share as a result of Motorola's alleged infringement.

If this case does indeed get appealed and if anything interesting develops, we will keep you abreast of the news via this blog.

Source: BBC, "Judge dismisses Apple vs Motorola case," June 25, 2012

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